7 November 2007 — Siemens Power Generation will supply 86 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.3 MW each for the Wolfe Island Wind project, near Kingston in Eastern Ontario, Canada. The purchaser is a unit of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. The 200 MW wind farm is scheduled to be operational in fall 2008.
Siemens said that so far in 2007 it has secured wind turbine orders totaling more than 750 MW in North America. The combined value of these orders exceeds $1.1 billion. Prior to the order from Canada, Siemens had received five U.S. wind orders for its SWT-2.3-93 wind turbines with a total capacity of more than 550 MW in 2007: South Trent wind farm, Babcock and Brown, Texas, 44 units, 101.2 MW; Sweetwater 5 wind farm, Babcock and Brown, Texas, 35 units, 80.5 MW; Buffalo Gap 3 wind farm, AES, Texas, 74 units, 170.2 MW; Nine Canyon wind farm, Renewable Energy Systems, Washington, 14 units, 322 MW; and Mid American Energy, Iowa, 76 units, 174.8 MW
With an average annual growth rate of 25 percent, the North American wind power market is expected to be the second largest regional market in terms of total installed capacity, behind Europe. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the U.S. market will be the most important national market in the world between 2007 to 2010. Canada is expected to rank among the five largest wind power markets over the coming decade, according to an Emerging Energy Research study.